Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg was awarded her BOptom degree from the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, India in 1989 before working for a number of years at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, India, as the Chief of Contact Lens Services. She then moved to Australia, completing her Ph.D. in 1999 at the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW), then took up a position at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (formerly the Institute for Eye Research) and the Vision Cooperative Research Centre.
In 2012, Dr. Sankaridurg completed a Masters in Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Australia. In 2016, she was appointed a Conjoint Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW. (University of New South Wales) She is a postgraduate supervisor, has over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, is a co-inventor on 14 patents/applications, has authored several book chapters, has delivered many podium presentations including key note lectures and also been involved in media presentations in the area of myopia. In 2015 she received the Garland W Clay award from the American Academy of Optometry as the lead author on the most significant paper published in the journal Optometry & Vision Science, over the preceding five years.
Eric Ritchey, OD, PhD, FAAO, is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. After graduation, he completed a two-year Advanced Practice Fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Ohio State, where his research focused on overnight orthokeratology and extended wear contact lenses. Following fellowship, Dr. Ritchey served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry before beginning his PhD training at Ohio State. During his PhD training, Dr. Ritchey’s research in the laboratory of Dr. Andy Fischer focused on the mechanisms behind refractive error development. After completing the PhD, Eric joined Johnson and Johnson Vision Care as a Principal Research Optometrist in the Emerging Technologies Group, where he worked on contact lens technologies to control myopia progression. After four years in industry, he decided to return to academia and will teach Ophthalmic Optics to 2nd year optometry students. Dr. Ritchey’s clinical interests are in specialty contact lens fitting, anterior segment disease and ocular prosthetics. His research activities will focus on myopia development and contact lenses.
Maria Liu, OD, PhD, FAAO, is an associate professor at UC Berkeley School of Optometry and the founder of UC Berkeley Myopia Control Clinic. She received her bachelors degree of clinical medicine from Peking University, her OD from Pacific University, her PhD and MPH from UC Berkeley. She is a world-renowned clinical researcher in the field of myopia and her expertise focus on the impact of complex multifocal environment on emmetropization and myopia development, as well as novel optical and pharmaceutical treatments in myopia retardation.